Public Safety

Addiction to prescription painkillers is a serious public safety issue. Many addicts get their first dose from a family member’s medicine cabinet. And burglars often look for such medications during break-ins, to use or to sell on the street. Police departments can help keep pain medication out of the wrong hands by distributing Deterra drug-deactivation pouches in their communities.

Introducing Deterra®

Powered by patented MAT12® Molecular Adsorption Technology, the Deterra® System deactivates prescription drugs, rendering them ineffective for misuse and safe for the environment.

Law Enforcement agencies, fire departments and other public safety organizations across the country are using Deterra to safely deactivate the active chemicals in the drugs which allows responsible disposal with no concerns that the drugs will end up in the hands of children or drug addicts.


Chief of Police Rob Reynolds, Eden Prairie Police Department, MN

‘In June 2014, the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund and OptumRx funded our purchase of the Deterra System to help residents dispose of unused prescription drugs at home. Our officers also carry them in their squad cars, the Eden Prairie Fire Department distributes Deterra as part of its home visitation program after patients leave area hospitals and our senior liaison officer distributes the product to senior living residences.

We have been extremely pleased with the response we have received from our residents and look forward to continuing this valuable program in Eden Prairie.’